The student returned to school on Monday, her lawyer Robert L. Tarver said. His mother, Cassandra Wyatt, who also wears a hijab, appeared at a press conference hosted by Mr Tarver on Thursday but made no comment. She told ABC-7 Eyewitness News that her daughter no longer wants to wear a headscarf.
“The teacher put her hands on the child,” Mr. Tarver said, adding that another person in the class told the story in the same way. “It wasn’t a hoodie. It was a hijab. I saw the actual clothes.
On the same day, another parent complained that Ms Herman had thrown a student’s drink in the trash, telling the child that “it was not water,” a permitted drink, according to one. email sent by family and shared with Mr. Tarver.
The 493-student elementary school has the highest percentage of students of color in the district, which educates children in two neighboring suburban towns located about 25 miles from Midtown Manhattan. About 56% of Seth Boyden’s students are black, 23% are white, almost 4% are Latino, 2% are Asian, and the rest identify as multiracial.
The school’s parent-teacher association is active and diverse: there is both a vice-president for diversity and equity and a vice-president for happiness.
Seth Boyden has also been the subject of efforts to further desegregate the city’s schools. The Black Parents Workshop, a local advocacy group, hired Mr. Tarver to file a federal lawsuit accusing the district of discriminating against students of color and of allowing a wide gap in achievement between black and white students to persist. The lawsuit was settled last year and the district agreed to make changes.
Ms Herman has taught elementary schools for more than 30 years and has often volunteered to teach at a Hebrew school, relatives said. A former student and parents of former students described her as warm and caring, signing emails: “Together we can make the world a better place!” “